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1 Physical and Engineering Sciences at ESF NuPECC meeting Vienna, March 13, 2009 Patrick Bressler (HoU, PESC)

2 ESF Member Organisations 75 MOs in 30 countries Research funding organisations Research performing organisations Academies NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

3 About ESF: The executive agency of the national agencies ESF provides a common platform for our Member Organisations (MOs) in order to: advance European research explore new directions for research at the European level Through its activities, ESF serves the needs of the European research community in a global context. NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

4 Current Organisation NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

5 ESF – offices in Strasbourg and Brussels Budget:340 k 20 M~55 M Staff: Offices in Strasbourg and Brussels (Conferences, COST) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

6 A globally competitive ERA requires 1.An effective European research policy, capitalising on cultural, geographic and scientific diversity 2.A stimulating education system 3.A single European labour market for researchers 4.Adequate funding for top quality curiosity driven research 5.Cross national funding, benchmarking of quality and shared scientific priorities for strategic research and bottom up researcher-driven programmes 6.Excellent research institutions 7.World-class research infrastructures 8.Open access to the output of publicly funded research and permanent access to primary quality assured research data 9.Effective and trusted bridges between science, society and the private sector 10.Openness to the world NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

7 EC Framework Program 7 ERC National Funding Organisations top – down, variable geometries European competitiveness, employment, innovation & new technologies economic growth Open competition Scientific excellence bottom-up National FP 7: 1 G/a Total ~ 54 G/7a > 25 G/a ~ 50 M/a bottom –up individual grants ERANETs ± foresight bottom – up networkingmultinational Basic Research Funding in Europe NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

8 Instruments Forward Looks Exploratory Workshops Member Organisation Fora ESF Research Networking Programmes EUROCORES ESF Conferences EuroBioFund Expert Boards COST (Brussels) Surveys & studies NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

9 Science Management close up: ESF Expert Boards (Marine, Polar) MO representatives and policy makers, coordination joint-planning, Policy briefings, ESF office and administration ESF Expert Committees (ESSC, NuPECC, CRAF) Independent scientists, scientific advice, roadmap and foresight exercises, ESF office and administration NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

10 Science Strategy Foresight and Policy Briefs Forward Looks INIF Member Organisations Fora Policy Briefing Reports Exploratory Workshops NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

11 Forward Look Series of workshops with foresighting character. The state-of-the-art in +10 years and what actions should be taken Expert recommendations with an endorsement by the ESF Governing Council NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

12 Science Synergy Cooperation platform for MOs & scientists ESF Research Networking Programmes (e.g.: NES) ESF Research Conferences EUROCORES - European Collaborative Research NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

13 Networking & Dissemination funding Research & inter-CRPfunding Funding Agency A Funding Agency B Funding Agency C EUROCORES Programme funding Collaborative Research Project CRP 1 Individual Project IP-1… … Collaborative Research Project CRP 2 Individual Project IP-2 Individual Project IP-3 Associate Partner AP-1 More IPs More APs Self funded NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

14 (Old) EUROCORES time line Call for EUROCORES themes Selection by EUROCORES Committee (+ESF SCs) Commitments from MOs Including Preparatory workshops Outline proposals Call Full proposal selection Outline proposal selection Funding decisions by MOs MonthsMonthsThemesProgrammes Full proposal preparation EUROQUAM (5/2005 2/2007) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

15 Characteristics of EUROCORES Themes chosen in response to open Calls; consultation with Funding Agencies Investigator driven, all areas of science Joint programme development (ESF manages dialogue between scientists and multiple funding agencies) Single, multistage international peer review of projects accepted as basis for national funding decisions Research funding remains national but is networked by ESF Networking and scientific management funded by National Funding Organisations Overall Quality Assurance by ESF NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

16 NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009 Key Figures: EUROCORES Currently 33 EUROCORES programmes in various stages > 110 M research funding for the 17 programmes in the research stage More than 5500 scientists involved 66 National funding organisations participate, not only ESF-MOs but also Ministries, Canada, Russia, Israel and the US (NSF): hence a framework for global cooperation US Scientists play major role in the Peer Review and as members of the Review Panels

17 EUROCORES Programmes Run for 3-4 years 8-20 participating countries Research budget of M 5-10 Collaborative Research Projects Individual Research Projects NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

18 Quality assurance Science Advisory Board – Ensure overall quality – Ensure transparent high quality peer review: >3 reviews, 1/3 outside Europe – Advice on theme selection – Advice on viability – Appoint independent review panel High quality independent review panels Clear conflict of interest rules NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

19 Criteria for Ranking of Full Proposals Scientific quality of the CRP and IP proposal Level of multidisciplinary integration within the CRP Qualification of the applicants Level of collaboration envisaged between the IPs in this CRP Feasibility, incl. suitability of the methods selected Overlap with existing projects (or projects applied for) Suitability of budget items (value for money) Review panels can make recommendations to strengthen the proposal (possible collaboration with other projects, composition of groups, workplan etc.) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

20 EUROCORES governance Review Panel Independent, scientific experts Key role in the Review Process Scientific Committee Representatives of the funded CRPs Steering of networking within the programme Management Committee One representative (science administrator) from each participating Funding Organisation plus ESF Programme Coordinator Overall direction of the EUROCORES programme NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

21 Networking and Integration Building synergies with related national and international programmes and initiatives; Support of networking and integration of the research projects within and across EUROCORES Programmes; Capacity-building through summer schools and support of short-term visits for junior researchers involved in the Programme; Interactions and cooperation with other ESF activities and beyond; Targeted dissemination and promotion of scientific achievements and best practices NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

22 Cost of EUROCORES networking and coordination EUROCORES Programme: funding for 30 Individual Projects (Feasible > 10 IPs) Individual Project is about 250 k research funding over 3-4 years Networking and coordination is about 10% Of that 10%: – 1% is cost of review and committee meetings – 5% is spent on networking events – 2.5% is spent on the science management (staff in ESF) – 1.5% is overhead NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

23 Strategic Plan - Instruments Science Strategy Forward Looks(250 k/I) Members Organistion Fora(100k/I) Exploratory Workshops (15k/I) Research Infrastructures Science Synergy EUROCORES (3-12M/I) ESF Research Networking Programmes ( k/I) ESF Research Conferences Science Management EURYI (25M/a) COST (30M/a) EuroBioFund (1M/a) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

24 Physical and Engineering Sciences Unit in 2008: 6 (+2) EUROCORES Programmes, annual volume ~ 7 mill. (~800k networking activities) 29 Research Network Programmes (RNPs), Annual volume ~ 4 mill. 11 Exploratory Workshops (2007: 12, 2006: 15) 1 (+1) Forward Looks 3 (+2) Interdisciplinary New Inititiaves (clean solar fuels, bio-actuators & sensors, virtual mathematics libraries, complexity) EUROCORES Pilot EUROBIOSAS (TOPCORES) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009 Standing Committee PESC: 35 independent scientists New PESC Chair: Mats Gyllenberg (chair 2009+)

25 PESC facts in 2008: + Support for Euroconference Series and Schools (~ 28 conferences) + Support for 2 ERC panels + Strategic Actions: Molecular Frontiers Initiative (with CERC3, NSF & others) + Support for Temporary Expert Committees (Computational Sciences, Materials Sciences & Engineering) + A new Expert Committee for Materials Sciences and Engineering: ongoing strategic foresight and advice (e.g.: to ESFRI) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

26 PESC facts contd: 29 Research Network Programmes (RNPs), Annual volume ~ 3 mill. e.g.: PSI-K (~190k/a) algorithms for electronic structure calculations NES (~ 130 k/a) Nanoelectronics and superconductors, cooperation with JSPS creating a global network NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

27 SONS (first call- 2002) SONS (second call-2005) FoNE FANAS S3T EUROQUAM EUROQUASAR NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

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29 SONS I & SONS II 22 EFAs 16 CRPs involving 80 research groups in 12 countries Budget :12 Mio for 4 years 16 EFAs 7 CRPs involving 26 research groups in 9 countries Budget: 7 Mio over 4 years SONS Self-Organized NanoStructures Self-assemblies; (bio)-nanostructures; supramolecular motors; opto-electronics Self-assembled or self-organized nanostructures made of macromolecules, dendrimers, liquid crystals, polymers, and nanoparticles allow a controlled and well defined construction of ordered architectures which can find applications as DNA probes, LED, PV, magnetic information storage and molecular motors and machines. NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

30 FoNE Fundamentals of NanoElectronics 5 CRPs involving 27 research groups in 10 countries Budget is 5 Mio over 4 years Molecular-scale electronics; quantum transport; Q-Dots; CNTs; magnetic nanostructures The scientific goal of FoNE is to understand quantum phenomena in semiconductors wires and dots, spin-polarized transport in hybrid nanostructures, and electron- dependent transport in single- molecules and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

31 FANAS Friction and Adhesion in Nanomechanical Systems FANAS aims to get a better insight on the origins of friction and adhesion on a atomic scale and to learn how to control them. 17 EFAs in 16 Countries Nanotribology; friction; adhesion ; lubrication; wear; dissipation; nanoparticles NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

32 Smart Structural Systems Technology S3T Focus : – Modelling of structures and machines – Sensors and Actuators – Systems – Analysis and Decision-Making Aim of the programme : To further extend state-of-the-art in monitoring and active control of Smart structural systems. Multidisciplinary by nature : Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Aerospace Engineering Computer Science and Computer Engineering Systems Engineering, Material Science, Engineering Physics, NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

33 S3T Smart Structural Systems Technologies Funded projects: 7 CRPs from 9 countries involving 45 teams; Research funding: 3.5 to 4 M Examples of Networking Activities : With NSF participation and mutual interests for extension of networking activitiesWith NSF participation and mutual interests for extension of networking activities Joint invited sessions in the world forum on Smart Structures and Materials in ChinaJoint invited sessions in the world forum on Smart Structures and Materials in China Several other join events are being planned, e.g., Aeronautics and Space applications of Smart Materials and StructuresSeveral other join events are being planned, e.g., Aeronautics and Space applications of Smart Materials and Structures Programme related short courses for PhD Students and Practicing EngineersProgramme related short courses for PhD Students and Practicing Engineers NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

34 EuroQUAM Cold Quantum Matter 15 countries participated15 countries participated More than 7 M indicatedMore than 7 M indicated 21 Outline Proposals submitted21 Outline Proposals submitted 17 Full Proposals assessed and ranked17 Full Proposals assessed and ranked 6 projects expected for funding6 projects expected for funding Currently at the decision phaseCurrently at the decision phase First PESC EUROCORES through the open call for Theme Proposals First PESC EUROCORES through the open call for Theme Proposals Funding Decisions are almost finalised – results will be announced at the beginning of MayFunding Decisions are almost finalised – results will be announced at the beginning of May NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

35 EuroQUAM Cold Quantum Matter Topics: 1.Atomic quantum gases with controllable interactions; 2.Formation of molecules in ultracold atomic gases; 3.Cooling molecules; 4.Ultracold plasmas and Rydberg gases NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

36 11 countries participating11 countries participating 6.5 M in the programme6.5 M in the programme QUASAR Quantum Standard and Metrology Quantum cold matter and BEC for new high precision standardsQuantum cold matter and BEC for new high precision standards Topics : 1.Quantum Standards such as optical clocks and inertial sensors, novel sensors 2.Quantum Metrology 3.Quantum Engineering 4.Fundamental tests and multi-disciplinary applications NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

37 Instruments Forward Looks Exploratory Workshops Member Organisation Fora ESF Research Networking Programmes EUROCORES ESF Conferences EuroBioFund Expert Boards COST (Brussels) Surveys & studies NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

38 ESF Topics for PESC 2009 EUROGRAPHENE (research on graphene-based electronics EUROGENESIS (element formation, early star development and the evolution of the universe) EUROSYNTH BIO (synthetic biology, functional biomaterials) EUROBIOSAS (Biologically inspired engineering, sensors and actuators) Research Network Programmes (e.g.: NES) Statutory Review 2009 & Expert Committees (2010) NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009

39 Patrick farewell slide NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009 Things still to come: GENESIS in the call stage (Ana Helman) (12 MOs) DLs: 24 March 2009, 24 April 2009, (24 June 2009) es/eurogenesis/call-for-proposals.html MatSEEC has been approved (new role for PESC) European Energy Conference, organised by EPS, EuChemS, EMRS and ESF Barcelona April 2010 (4 days) & to cover nuclear energy as well. Organizing Committee: J. R. Morante (Barcelona) Steering Committee : P. Bressler (ESF/HZB Berlin) Scientific Programme Committee: A. McEvoy (EPF Lausanne)

40 Patricks farewell slide 2 Thank you & bye bye (!?) I am moving to the Helmholtz-Center Berlin for Materials and Energy NuPECC meeting Vienna March 13, 2009


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